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Man ‘lucky to be alive’ after Lewes firework accident

A man was left fighting for his life after being hit by a stray firework last night in Lewes, East Sussex.

The 21-year-old man was hit in the chest by a rocket at the Commercial Square Bonfire Celebrations in Lewes, East Sussex last night . He sustained very serious injuries and burns to his chest and emergency stabilising treatment was given by SIMCAS doctor and paramedics from the South-East Coast Ambulance service.

He was rapidly transferred to the Emergency Department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. He underwent emergency chest surgery in the operating theatre last night and is now in a critical, but stable condition in intensive care.

“He is extremely lucky to be alive after such a serious injury,” said Dr Alan Pearce of SIMCAS, “our role as prehospital emergency doctors is to provide specialist skills in just these situations.” Dr Pearce was part of a team of six highly trained doctors and nurses working for the medical charity SIMCAS alongside the South-East Coast Ambulance and St John Ambulance services at the event. “The Lewes bonfire celebrations are always a very busy time for the ambulance service and this incident highlights the very real dangers of fireworks.”

BBC News story

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